Things to Do When it’s Raining in O’side

On average, we get about 266 days of sunshine a year in O’side, mostly concentrated between April and October. Our highest monthly rainfall arrives in February, and during late fall and winter, we’ll get the occasional cloud burst. So, what do you do when it’s raining in O’side? You play in the great indoors! Here’s a list of some of our favorite rainy-day activities.

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Go Climb the Walls
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Go Climb the Walls

Vital Climbing Gym in South O specializes in bouldering, which means there’s no special equipment or training required to explore the low walls ringing the gym’s padded floor. Holds are reset every week so there’s always a new challenge.

Visit a Museum
Visit a museum
Visit a Museum

Art and surf are two animating forces in the life of O’side, and each has its own world-class museum. The Oceanside Museum of Art mounts boundary-pushing contemporary art exhibits and features local luminaries in its permanent collection. The California Surf Museum celebrates all things surf and includes a timeline of wave riding as represented by vintage surfboards.

Tour the Mission San Luis Rey
Mission San Luis Rey
Tour the Mission San Luis Rey

Discover why they call this historical gem and cultural landmark, “The King of the Missions” on a self-guided behind-the-scenes tour. Spend time in quiet contemplation or marveling at the hand-carved wooden doors, brightly colored hand-painted walls and murals, and the hammered copper baptismal font.

Read in a Coffee Shop
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Read in a Coffee Shop

We love our coffee, and you’ll find stunningly designed java shops and quirky neighborhood staples on seemingly every block in O’side. South O is a mecca for caffeine junkies with several hip shops to choose from, or downtown you can get cozy at Jitters Coffee Pub, the Brown Cup or Banana Dang.

Do a Brew-Pub Crawl
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Do a Brew-Pub Crawl

Craft beer is a way of life in O’side. Choose your own adventure navigating the breweries, beer-forward restos, and taprooms, or sign up for O’side Sips and get special discounts while earning prizes for drinking. Genius!

Go Indoor Skydiving
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Go Indoor Skydiving

When downpours have you grounded, simulate the adrenalin rush of skydiving by climbing into the wind tunnel at iFLY Oceanside to practice your free-fall moves sans the free fall.

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O’side is just 100 miles south of LA and 50 miles from Orange County. You can easily get around by car, bus, plane, or even train.

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Make O’side your vacation home base for exploring world-famous attractions and destinations like the San Diego Zoo and Legoland California.

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